2012-08-20 14:43:00

Case of hitherto unidentified Pussy Riot singers severed into separate proceedings

Moscow, August 20, Interfax - The criminal case of hitherto unidentified Pussy Riot punk band singers has been severed into separate proceedings and the search for them has begun, the Moscow city police department told Interfax.

"The criminal case of hitherto unidentified singers has been separated from the main Pussy Riot case," it said.

The search is in progress.

The Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced three Pussy Riot singers to two years in a general penitentiary on August 17. The defense said they would appeal the sentence at the Moscow City Court and make complaints to the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of Russia. An appeal will also be lodged with the European Court of Human Rights.

Pussy Riot band members wearing balaclava helmets staged a performance at the Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral on February 21, 2012. The performance brought about a strong public reaction. The police opened a criminal case on the hooliganism charges.